Neurological induced incontinence in people with multiple sclerosis

Barry Hill*

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Background: People with multiple sclerosis (MS) are predisposed to neurological induced incontinence due to the pathophysiology of the disease. Aims: This short article aims to discuss the underpinning rationale of neurological induced incontinence in people with MS and explores urinary catheter options. Urinary catheters will be discussed, exploring different types of catheter, catheter sizing, and information on the manufacturers that can support patients and services as well as procurement needs for staff. Findings: Neurogenic bladder occurs when transmissions between the brain and the bladder are delayed or interrupted. While some people are born with neurogenic bladder issues, in the case of MS patients, the disease's effect on the brain through the development of lesions leads to progressively worsening body functions, quite often in the lower extremities. Conclusions: As bladder function degrades due to neurogenic bladder, patients with MS can experience frequent, painful or urgent urination, urinary incontinence, and urinary retention. Urinary catheterisation may be an option they use to manage their symptoms and may enhance their quality of life, enabling them to continue with other activities of daily living.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S37-S40
Number of pages4
JournalBritish Journal of Neuroscience Nursing
Issue numberSup1
Early online date28 Jan 2021
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2021


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